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the skies are clear for the most part after a day of heavy rains. >> a whole lot of rain fell quickly in the d.c. area. the trees also fell and knocked out power to thousands. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang on this wednesday, september 19th, 2012. prince george's county police officers have shot a man in the district. they opened fire when they say a man began shooting at them on southern avenue northeast.
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melissa mollet is live with the latest. melissa, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, eun. that's right. officers are still on the scene. we just spoke to them, a couple of investigators. they said they'd be here a couple of more hours. you can see this entire section of southern and chesapeake is shut down. again, it's going to be shut down for some time. we arrived here about a half hour ago. there were a dozen or so evidence markers in the middle of the road here. since then, those markers have been cleared off of the road. here's what we know at this point. just after 10:00 last night, d.c. and prince george's police started getting calls about a man walking through the glass manor apartment complex here firing a gun into the air. when two prince george's county police officers arrived, the suspect was where we're standing right now at the corner of southern avenue. police asked him to drop the gun. he did not and started firing at the officers. >> by the time we caught up with him, he was right here in the 800 block of southern avenue.
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you could see that he was confronted by uniformed prince george's county police officers driving marked patrol cars, and he chose to engage those officers in a gun battle. thankfully, those officers were not injured. he was shot several times. he's being treated at a local hospital. >> reporter: the suspect was shot multiple times in the back and legs. he was transported in grave condition. both officers now on standard administrative leave as this investigation progresses. again, if you come down southern avenue for your morning commute, you may want to find an alternate way to go because this will be shut down for several hours. live in northwest washington, melissa mollet, news 4. back to you. parts of the region are in recovery mode after the storm. several weather related accidents kept weather crews busy in prince george's county. the heavy wind and rain knocked out electricity to thousands across the area. no power at traffic lights made the drive home pretty difficult at some of the evening rush. shoppers face the heavy downpour in tysons corner but
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wound up soaked. one outage tied up traffic on route 7 in indiana. commuters got moving again. then there's the bloomingdale section of d.c. there wassed fl eflooding ccern that area. people tried protecting their homes with sandbags. fallen trees were the source of power problems. at the height of the storm, about 25,000 customers across our region have lost power. crews have since restored power to just about everybody. >> time for weather and traffic on the ones. our first look at the forecast. rain all gone. thankfully, it's over. it has moved out. this morning it's gotten chilly. this is what's been happening the last few hours. just a few lingering sprinkles in st. mary's county. that little patch of green in the bottom right of your screen. a few sprinkles across the tidal potomac into the northern neck. those are passing well to the southeast of the metro area.
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we still have cloudiness from the mountains to the atlantic beaches. it's still cloudy this morning. it's quite chilly. we're down into the 50s west and northern suburbs. frederick county had a lot of water. there was 18 inches of water around the west frederick middle school yesterday afternoon. we had scattered tree damage too in montgomery county and howard and frederick and across northern virginia. leesburg 61, manassas down to 61. much of fairfax county and prince george's county just near 60 degrees. 50s out in the mountains. hour by hour today. by noon, still cloudy, hovering around 60 degrees. a cool and breezy morning. but then winds settle down, we get more sun during the afternoon. highs reaching low 70s by midafternoon. sunrise 6:54. sunset 7:09. i'll be back with the hometown forecast in ten minutes.
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danella, your first 4 traffic. >> good morning. as melissa reported just a few moments ago, if you're traveling along southern avenue, that 800 block of southern avenue in southeast is shut down right now due to police investigation. let's head over to the beltway because the only work zone i see is on the outer loop as you make your way near colesville road. that left lane is blocked. because of last night's rain, a lot of overnight road work was cancelled. taking the beltway in prince george's county near richie marlboro road, no issues to report. if you're taking the beltway in virginia, nice and clear. montgomery county, outer loop at 29, approaching colesville road, stick to the right, and you'll be fine. with just seven weeks left in decision 2012, president obama seems to have the upper hand in the swing state of virginia. a new poll shows the president with an eight-point lead over mitt romney, 52% over 44%, and now more than half the voters
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surveyed says they approve of the job the president is doing. when asked who better understands economic problems, the president has stretched his lead back to 54% over 46% for mitt romney. yesterday paul ryan was in newport news speaking to supporters at newport university. today he'll speak at a small town in virginia, which used to be a tobacco hub, which has fallen on hard times in recent years. paul ryan is expected to hit the president hard on the economy. and mitt romneyad a column today in "usa today." in it, he says president obama has fostered an economy that forces a dependence on government rather than an opportunity to thrive. this is doubling down on the comments released yesterday. they were caught on hidden camera at a fund-raiser in may. at the time, romney said nearly half of americans felt like they were victims entitled to
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government help and didn't take personal responsibility. he tried to clarify those problems yesterday on fox news. >> and the problem right now, as you see in this country, so many people have fallen into poverty, they're not paying taxes. they have to rely on government. and the right course to help them is not to have government handing out, but instead government helping people get back to good jobs. >> romney eadded there's a grea divide between those who want to redistribute wealth and those who want to earn money for themselves and passing money around is, quote, an entirely foreign concept. the president is offering his thoughts for the first time on mitt romney's comments. he reacted on "the late show with david letterman." one of the things i've learned as president is you represent the entire country. when i meet republicans, as i'm traveling around the country, they are hard working, family people, who care deeply about this country, and my expectation
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is that, if you want to be president, you've got to work for everybody, not just for some. >> letterman also brought up a similar miscue by the president in 2008. he was caught on tape saying voters in pennsylvania clung to their guns and their religion. the president told letterman he recognized that as a mistake and quickly apologized for it. >> today the d.c. council will take up an emergency funding bill to upgrade and maintain the city's parking meters. the city needs nearly $3 million more than expected to make the improvements, and they include connecting 6,000 spaces to a central network so transportation officials can know when they're empty and money paid for credit card processing. the extra funds will come from $6 million in extra revenue from parking meters expected next year. and we could learn today what you expect to pay if you want to use the popular car service uber. the d.c. council is expected to vote on regulations for the popular car service. d.c. cabbies want strict regulations for uber, which lets
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customers reserve sedans and pay through an iphone app. cabs worry uber could put them out of business unless they charge more for their fares. and today the chicago teachers and 350,000 students will go back to the classroom. chicago teachers union delegates overwhelmingly voted to end the seven-day strike. it includes a 7% cost of living raise over three years. teachers will be rated in part on how well students score in standardized tests. other teachers can be laid off in the first year of the contract. chicago mayor rahm emanuel and union leaders call it an honest compromise. >> we said it was time to -- that we couldn't solve all the problems of the world with one contract and that it was time to suspend the strike. >> this settlement is an honest compromise. it means returning our schools to their primary purpose, the education of our children. it means a new day and a new direction for the chicago public schools. >> the full membership of the
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more than 25,000 teachers still needs to vote on the contract. that will happen in the next few weeks. 4:37 now. 62 degrees. ahead on "news 4 today," new clues about the girl at the center of a homecoming proposal that landed a government pilot on desk duty. plus panda watch at the national zoo. the progress mei xiang and her cub have made.
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that's the baby panda cub if you're up to it. we may only have a little glimpse of the panda cub at the national zoo, but we can sure hear the panda cub. this video is from yesterday. zoo keepers mean all the noise from the squirming newborn means the cub is happy. mom mei xiang is doing a great job of nursing and many grgroom cradling her little cub. there is still a little anxiety. cubs are at high risk for infection. the next few days are critical. we have our fingers crossed. we really want this cub to survive. >> finger cubs? >> fingers crossed. >> taking a look at the nation's capital. clouds will be breaking up today after a really stormy evening for a lot of us.
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tom kierein has the forecast. it's turned tranquil in the wake of yesterday's storms. still cloudy in the northern neck getting a few sprinkles, st. mary's county. we have a chilly morning. down in the 50s west and north of washington. south and east, low 60s. reagan national at 63. hometown forecast, la plata by 7:00 a.m. charles county near 60, little sun breaking out. by noontime, partly cloudy, upper-on-s. all around the region, hour by hour, low 70s by midafternoon. low humidity and a bit breezy this morning when settled down in the afternoon. seven day outlook in ten minutes. danella has a look at traffic. good morning. >> good morning. still keeping an eye on police activity. 800 block of southern avenue in southeast going to be closed for some time. you'll want to make an alternate plan. let's head over to little river turnpike traveling westbound trying to get on the inner loop of the beltway. the ramp there, you're going to see an accident. you can't take it, but please use caution as you make your
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commute trying to get on the inner loop of the beltway. traveling i-66, i hear a report eastbound at nutley. i'll come back and check out the details. it is just about 4:43. still to come, a local woman talking about her loss ten years after the beltway sniper terrorized the d.c. area.
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a natural gas pipeline kills several people and injures thousands. it happened at a mexico oil company across the border from mcallen, texas. the cause of that burst is under investigation. more fallout from the anti-muslim film that sparked violent protests around the
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world. egypt's government is going after seven coptic christians living aboard. the group will be tried and could receive the death penalty if convicted. florida pastor terry jones, who's threatened to burn the koran in the past is one of them. it's not clear where the coptic christians live or if any will be in egypt for the trial. the attack that killed ambassador to libya was not premeditated. ambassador chris stevens died in benghazi last week. the alibyan leaders insist the attack was planned for months. the space shuttle will begin
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its final journey from florida to los angeles. it is fastened to the top of a 747. it will fly over nasa facilities in mississippi, new orleans, and the johnson space center in houston and will finally arrive at l.a.x. on friday. 4:46. this morning a 13-year-old boy from laurel faces charges for firing a bb gun at a student while waiting for the school bus in anne arundel county. the student was hit in the leg. he suffered minor injuries and did not need medical attention. both students were on their way to macarthur middle school in ft. mead. the principal questioned the students after a parent called and said they saw the student with the bb gun. they found a knife and the bb gun in the boy's backpack. 20-year-old kelly ellerby jr. faces charges of attempted murder. he shot a 19-year-old at the student center last month, forcing a lockdown on campus.
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the teenager suffered critical injuries but survived. court documents reveal investigators found a shell casing in the bathroom. neither man is enrolled at the school. 4:47 now. next month marks the tenth anniversary of the sniper shooting spree. ten people were killed, three others wounded in the stretch that terrorized the d.c. area. police arrested john allen muhammad and lee boyd malvo for the shootings, and they were both convicted. >> i think we learned that by working together you can do a better job. we learned you have to involve the community, you have to involve the media, and it has to be a cooperative effort. there were a lot of lessons learned. certainly those three were some of the key lessons. >> john allen muhammad was eventually executed. lee boyd malvo is serving a life sentence at a virginia prison. this morning police are looking for a person who killed
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the researcher at the national institutes of health. somebody shot 53-year-old peter marbet outside his home in baltimore. he worked as a contractor with nih at the website clinicaltrials.gov and taught at the university of maryland. d.c. is not alone in storm cleanup. heavy rain pelted the mid-atlantic and northeast in parts of pennsylvania, delaware, and new jersey. some will deal with the rain through the morning commute. this morning many homeowners along millers island in baltimore county are dealing with the aftermath of flooding. waves of high water from the chesapeake bay came crashing over the sea wall into backyards. some saw a foot of water rise up into their yards and streets. much of that water receded late in the evening. a maryland woman is thankful she wasn't hurt after a huge tree fell and barely missed her. danella was in the bathroom and had that tree crash through her
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bedroom in weatherly. as investigators tried to cut the tree down, the porch collapses. no one got hurt. >> i'm very, very blessed. not lucky, but blessed. the tree missed me by six inches. the family says the house is 110 years old and structurally sound. they expect the damage from the fallen tree to be quickly repaired so they can move back in soon. let's take a live look outside right now. just about 4:51. time for weather and traffic on the ones. the storms have moved out. what should we expect for today? >> that's a good question. just 62 degrees right now outside our studios on this wednesday morning. cool across much of the area, right, tom? it really is. we have temperatures around the area down to just near 60 degrees. we're going to be holding steady here for probably the next couple of hours, but then as we do get into the afternoon hours, we will have our temperatures climbing and warming up quite a bit. as we take a look at our view
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from one of our wonderful co-workers. melissa mollet sent this photo in just about an hour ago. she took this photo of the jefferson memorial there. you can see, oh, boy, there's quite a chop there on the tidal basin. you can see the waves from the breezes that are blowing, and there's another view of the jefferson memorial and the washington monument under a cloudy sky. we're at 63 there at reagan national. dewpoint is down to 50 degrees. that's turned a lot drier in the wake of the storms we had yesterday. winds out of the northwest generally up around 15, 20 miles an hour. we still have just a few sprinkles here in southern m.a.d. maryland. that extends down across the tidal potomac into the northern neck and richmond. that's going to pass off to the north and east. our far northern and western suburbs, mid-50s. the mountains low 50s to upper 40s, western maryland and into
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the highlands of west virginia. closer to washington around the beltway, we're near 60. as the day progresses, we're going to stay cloudy through much of the morning. by 6:00 a.m., we'll be low to mid-60s. still a bit breedsy. by noontime for your lunch hour, partly cloudy, mild, and a bit breezy. we'll have highs reaching upper 60s to around 70. we'll hover briefly in the low 70s by midafternoon. winds should settle down. beautiful afternoon and an autumnal pattern coming back as we get into thursday, friday, cool mornings and mild afternoons. over the weekend, might get a shower saturday night. otherwise, the weekend looks great. good weather for the skins game and a beautiful start to next week. i'm back in ten minutes. danella with your first 4 traffic. good morning. following breaking news on the roadway, if you're traveling in annandale heading westbound on little river turnpike. right now you can't take the ramp to the beltway because of a crash reported just a few moments ago. the entire ramp is shut down before the crash.
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please be aware of that as you're making the commute. i also mentioned a situation, i-66 eastbound at nutley. crash in the right shoulder lane. the good news is, if you're taking 66 outside the beltway, nice and clear. here's a look as you head eastbound. westbound as well, no issues between fairfax county parkway. travel speeds 59 miles per hour as you make your way eastbound. that drive taking 11 minutes. i'm back in ten. aaron and eun, back over to you. >> 4:53. the nationals are a step closer to winning their division, and they didn't even play yesterday. second place braves lost to the martinez 7-5 last night. that increased the nats' lead to 5 1/2 games. to go to the nationals games, you have to be near a phone or computer friday morning. tickets for potential wild card and nlds games go on sale at 10:00. you can go to nationals.com/postseason or go to 888-332-nats.
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a playoff run could cost the city more than $1 million. d.c. police plan to deploy 400 officers to protect nationals park during early round games. they may double their presence for the championship series and world series. taxpayers will foot the bill for the extra security, but that cost would be offset by the revenue playoff baseball will generate for the district. we have an update for that problematic proposal yesterday that cost a father his job. >> administrators say they approved that over the top homecoming invitation that involved a u.s. customs and border protection helicopter. it was during a routine flight last week. the pilot fell over patriot high school in nokesville, virginia, and dropped a teddy bear -- or a bulldog, a stuffed bulldog. he was helping a son ask the girl to homecoming. the girl is a kicker on the football team. no word on whether she accepted the invitation. the pilot has been reassigned in the investigation.
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the controversy is whether it's appropriate to use a federal helicopter to ask a kid on a date. >> apparently, she did accept. is that right? apparently, she accepted. after all that, it would have been bad if she hadn't, just to add insult to injury. yikes. it is now 4:55. putting an end to father-daughter dances. coming up at 5:10, why one school district says the tradition is no longer politically correct.
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welcome back at 4:57. kohl's is prepared for what could be a jolly holiday shopping season. the department store plans to hire more than 52,000 seasonal employees in the coming months, up 10%. kohl's expects to hire about 41 people per store and expects to hire 5,700 people for jobs at its distribution centers. kohl's says most of the seasonal jobs are part time. you're finally done with back to school shopping, and some of us have to turn around and think about the holiday shopping list. toys 'r us released the annual hot toys list. this year the list has an old school feeling. you'll find teenage mutant ninja turtles. one direction dolls made the list. >> one direction dolls? are they going to be around next year? i don't know. >> for the girls that buy them,
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yes. and they're collectors. >> boys can buy them too. >> absolutely. >> 50 toys made the list of toys there. there are a lot of big and beautiful cats that need a loving home. >> the humane society of southwest washington state is now offering a discount to adopt older cats that have a full figure, let's say. they are calling it their big and beautiful campaign to showcase cats that are often overlooked because of their age and weight. the discount runs through the end of the month. >> i like the plumper cats. i'm a fan of the big cats. >> stay with us. "news 4 today" continues at 5:00 a.m. we are following breaking news in southeast washington after prince george's county police officers open fire on a suspected gunman. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang.

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